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"Change the Batteries"

The camera keeps saying to change the batteries, but when they are changed, I can take only 1 or 2 pictures and then it says again to change the batteries and sometimes, the lens won't come out at all. The lense cover has begun to open only 1/2 way also. PS Fresh batteries are tried each time.

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Hello,

Sounds like the batteries may just be old. If you've had the camera for a while, the batteries will eventually expire and not charge as they should. I would recommend looking into new batteries. Try using regular AAs first. If that works, then you need some new rechargeable batteries. If not, there is a problem with the camera. If there is a problem with the camera, please visit the Canon site for more details or contact Technical Support with the number below.

  • For toll-free technical support, please call 1 (800) 828-4040 during regular business hours (currently Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight. EST, Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., excluding holidays).
  • Toll-free TDD Support Line for the Hearing Impaired Monday - Saturday (excluding holidays) at 1-866-251-3752
  • Technical Support for Customers in Canada at 1-800-OK-CANON
Hope this helps.

Posted on Sep 10, 2008

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